Netgear ReadyNAS RN212 review
Conclusion The Netgear’s physical design is very impressive, but a few issues mean it lacks the appeal of drives we’ve tested from QNAP and Synology. In particular the interface for installing and using apps isn’t the best we’ve seen, nor is the range of choices. Performance is good, but the ARM processor doesn’t quite have chops to handle 4K transcoding. It’s a good NAS, but only if you can find it cheaper than the competition.
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- Good overall performance
- Large Block sequential faster than claimed
- Some large spikes in max latency under high workloads
Conclusion NETGEAR’s new ReadyNAS 212 (RN212) is designed for SOHO and home users. It comes with up to 12TB of capacity (6TB x 2), a 1.4GHz processor, and 2GB of memory. The RN212 is one of the few commercial available NAS devices that support real-time 1080p HD video transcoding. The RN212 comes with a 5-year warranty and with NETGEAR’s 5 levels of data protection. For performance we used the drives supplied to us by NETGEAR. These were 4TB Seagate Desktop drives, and as we have said in the past Desktop drives may not be ideal for usage in NAS devices. For our 4k tests we saw throughput as high as 367 IOPS and average latency as low as 696.78ms. Our sequential 8k test showed a throughput of 26,196 IOPS read and 13,622 IOPS write. Looking at large block sequential we saw speeds read speeds at 231MB/s and write speeds of 186MB/s; higher than the speeds claimed by NETGEAR.